Premier League side, Brighton and Hove Albion, are expected to table a second bid for Nigerian attacker, Moses Simon, after Gent refused their first offer.
Brighton’s first offer for Simon which was rumoured to be in the region of £8.4m was rejected by the Belgian side who appear not too keen on letting the winger leave on a cheap.
Simon, 21, is valued in the region of £13m by Gent despite the forward having just two years to run on his current deal.
Brighton are hopeful that the winger’s desire to move to England will help their course to lure him.
His club are also facing the prospect of losing their bargaining point at the end of this season, as the forward who has 11 caps for Nigeria will have just one year left on his contract, and has refused to extend his contract beyond 2019.
The scorer of five goals for Gent last season told the club’s portal on Monday that rumours of a move to French Ligue 1 side Lyon are wide off the mark.
But he, however, confirmed to Voetbalmagazine his wish to move if a deal which will best suit his career is tabled by interested parties, considerably Brighton.
Simon made his debut for Gent in January 2015 in a 3–1 victory over Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz in a league play.
His second appearance occurred four days later in a 1–0 home win over Sporting Lokeren in the Belgian Cup, in which Simon was dismissed 30 seconds after he entered the field.
In his third league game, again versus Sporting Lokeren, Simon netted a hat-trick after which he was named Belgian league player of the week.
He quickly became instrumental in coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck‘s formation and helped Gent win their first ever National Championship title in May 2015.